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Under the UCCJEA (the federal Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act), the proper court for a child custody case is the child's home state.
This is determined by the child's residence for the 6 month period preceding the filing of the custody issue.
Residence is determined by where one lives- ie votes, sleeps, works. There is "the toothbrush" test - where the person regularly keeps their personal belongings.
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